San Mateo County Arts Newsletter

Fair Time!


August means it’s time for the San Mateo County Fair. Once again this year, ARTshare will have a display in the fine arts building (Cypress Hall). We will have fliers and postcards and other information from a variety of the County’s arts organizations available for you to pick up.


Of course, Cypress Hall will be filled with paintings, photographs, sculptures, slides, videos, youth art, poems, short stories, and other entries in the fine arts competitions that the San Mateo County Fair holds each year.


The fair opens August 13 and runs through August 22.



Entries Sought for Women by Women Exhibit


Three San Mateo County organizations are joining together to present a unique art exhibit called Women by Women, which will be shown in the County Government Center Gallery in Redwood City in March 2005 as part of our celebration of Women’s History Month. The project involves the Commission on the Status of Women of San Mateo County, the five-member San Mateo County Arts Commission, and ARTshare.


Women by Women will showcase the artistry and talent of local women artists, both professional and amateur; it is designed to honor and recognize women while simultaneously acknowledging the historic achievement of women. The project is open to all women artists who live or work in San Mateo County.


All finalists will have their work displayed, and the top three finalists each will receive a cash prize of $100. Only 2-D work which is no smaller than 20 by 30 inches will be considered. Also, since the gallery in in the County Government Center, images of nudes are not accepted. The cost to enter is $10 per artist, and up to three pieces may be submitted. Catherine Clark of the Catherine Clark Gallery in San Francisco will jury the exhibit.


Artwork should be delivered to the County Government Center, 400 County Center, Redwood City, between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on February 28. For more specific information and for a copy of the project prospectus, send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Lisa Lopez Coffey, Director, Commission on the Status of Women, 455 County Center, 5th floor, Redwood City, CA 94063, or e-mail



Rules on Wine and Receptions


Galleries be aware! In early June the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control ( cited the Palo Alto galleries that participated in the monthly Art Walk for serving wine without a permit. Last year the Sacramento galleries participating in a similar monthly event were cited and fined $1,000 each.


Ruth Waters heard about this a day or two before her own reception at the 1870 Gallery on June 24. She contacted Belmont’s acting Chief of Police, Pat Halleran, for information and/or advice – and here are the answers:


Non-profit art galleries can serve wine without a permit from the State ABC if:

                        1.  they are not selling any alcoholic beverages, and

                        2.  the event is by invitation, essentially a private party, and

                        3.  the venue is not a restaurant or bar.


Normal art gallery receptions, to which people are invited primarily by mailed invitations, do not require a permit from the state ABC (located in San Francisco).


However, regional Open Studios events present a situation which may indeed require permits because the events are widely advertised to the general public.


A separate issue involves the “walk” part of Art Walk events. That is, local ordinances generally prohibit walking around in public (from one gallery to another) with alcohol in an open container (glass of wine in hand). Permits for one- or two-day events usually can be obtained (at minimal cost) from the local police department.


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